Bioprocess Innovation Leaders Summit Speakers

Ronan O’Kennedy


Dr O’Kennedy has over twenty years of experience in the biopharmaceutical sector having worked for large biopharmaceutical companies, CMOs and in academia. Since starting ROK Bioconsulting in 2015, he has been providing consulting, technical and strategic support to the biopharmaceutical and biotech industry.

Prior to setting up ROK Bioconsulting, Dr O’Kennedy was Head of Mammalian Cell Bioprocess Development at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, a global CDMO and was an investigator and BioPDD leader at GSK. In both roles, he focused on upstream process development and manufacture of mammalian cell culture & microbial derived biotherapeutics. Dr O’Kennedy has held academic roles in University College London and Newcastle University and has collaborated on bioprocessing innovation with these and other universities in the UK.

Dr O’Kennedy has extensive experience of process monitoring & control, process spectroscopy, MVA modelling of mammalian cell culture & bioprocess data management. He is particularly interested in data driven process modelling, Process Analytical Tools (PAT) and the use of Quality by design approaches to maximise the value of process data and data re-use throughout the product development lifecycle. Research interests include linking upstream process performance to downstream product quality. He has over thirty publications and patents in the bioprocessing field.

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